Hi from Gainesville, Florida!
Hi All. My name is Tasha King, and 3 days ago I acquired a 10 month old GSD. Her uniqueness and apparent special needs brought me here. She is incredibly phobic. I don't think she received any socialization whatsoever. She will literally belly crawl if I try to walk her down the street. She paced constantly around the home for the first day and a half. She still has to be glued to someone's side at all times. I am trying to get her to be independent and attempting to do everything right. She is good in a crate. Lots of whining, but not destroying things, barking etc and settles down after 10-15 minutes. When out though, everything makes her jump. I am getting used to her potty habits. The initial problem was her constant pacing while outside as well and not focusing on the task of pottying. She went nearly 20 hours without peeing at all, then we woke up to a terrible mess of pee and poop in crate the first morning. That hasn't happened again...thank goodness. Anywho, I am excited to get some advice for this scared pup. I thought if I would get a shepherd, I would need a totally different tactic to training than it turns out I will need. And to those who ask, she IS a purebred! I have the registration papers...just haven't submitted them yet. From what I gather, she is a liver sable, reverse masked. One parent was a white shepherd, other a liver sable. How many recessives could you possibly get at once?! LOL.